The Singapore Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon received in February 2013 the “Best Lecture or Speech Award for 2012” for his keynote address at last year’s June ICCA Congress in Singapore. He called for, amongst other things, a regulatory regime for international arbitration practice, a theme which he also touched upon at a lecture he gave at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London in September 2012. His talk, which has been described as “game-changing”, has however generated a fair amount of controversy in international legal circles. The 2013 Essay Competition organized by the CIArb Singapore Branch in conjunction with Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers gives young Singapore arbitration practitioners an opportunity to express their own views on this subject. The Essay Title is: “A regulatory framework for arbitrators and increased arbitral accountability: ideas to reinvigorate arbitration or stifle it?”

Entries are invited for this Essay Competition from participants below the age of 40 working or resident in Singapore at the date the entry is submitted. They need not be members of the CIArb. The Closing Date for entries is 15 May 2013. Attractive prizes will be awarded to the winners and the winning essay published.

The results will be announced at a CIArb event on 30 May 2013 to which all participants will be invited. The Senior Minister of State for Law, Indranee Rajah, will be Guest of Honour at the event.

For the Rules of the Competition and how to enter, [click here].